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Water District to Vote on Adopting Increased Rates

The fee hikes would go in effect on Feb. 1.

A Press Release from Alameda County Water District:

Fremont, CA—The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) will host a public hearing on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6 p.m., at which the Board of Directors is expected to adopt new rates for the 2013 calendar year.  The proposed service charge increase will provide revenue required for water main replacements and infrastructure retrofits which will safeguard water supply reliability in the event of an earthquake.  

Beginning February 1, 2013, the fixed rate on the bimonthly (every 2 months) water bill for the typical residential customer will increase about 24.5 cents per day (17.1%).  Average residential customers will see an increase of $14.93 (from $14.93 to $29.86) to their bimonthly charge.  The commodity rate is not increasing, remaining at $3.152 per unit (one unit is equivalent to 748 gallons). 

“Replacement and improvements to water main pipelines are a significant investment,” said Walt Wadlow, ACWD General Manager.  “Planning and preparing for a large-scale earthquake in the Tri-City area is a proactive measure,” added Wadlow.  The investment Wadlow refers to is a minimum of $400 million dollars needed to pay for infrastructure improvements that include:    

  • Replacing aging infrastructure as ACWD nears its centennial in order to maintain water supply reliability and maintain adequate water flows for fire protection.
  • Seismically retrofitting pipelines in order to reduce water service disruptions after a major earthquake.

The District has taken several measures to control costs which have helped avoid an increase in the commodity rate, including: securing grants; debt refinancing; and optimizing operations to minimize imported water purchase costs. 

Even with the new rates, ACWD water rates remain among the lowest in the Bay Area.

The public hearing will be held at ACWD Headquarters Board Room located at 43885 S. Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, 94538.

For more information on the District, visit: www.acwd.org or call 510.668.4200. 

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For nearly 100 years, the Alameda County Water District has supplied water to the residents and businesses of southern Alameda County. ACWD supplies drinking water to the more than 331,000 people living in the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. For more information, please visit www.acwd.org

Mona Taplin January 05, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if one of these days one of our tax districts, -i,e, water district,- informs us that they learned how to budget and planned ahead so will be able to lower our rates? Ho hum. Dream on. We have to do that in our homes when Pipes wear out and break. Furnace breaks down. Roof starts leaking. Hang onto some of income to cover emergencies including increases in fees and taxes.
LMO737 January 05, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Must be a typo. The bimonthly charge going up 100%? Can't be.
Bill January 06, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Mona is thinking like a responsible homeowner and a business person who looks ahead and plans and reserves for large capital expenses. Instead we get ACWD who chooses to hit their customers with huge increases all at once. But what should we expect. They are a quasi-monopoly who has no competition.
Kiley Kinnon January 07, 2013 at 12:58 PM
The City of Newark receives 100 percent treated brackish (salt water) bay water, pumped from the Niles Cone Aquifer and treated at a desalination plant in Newark, for drinking water. The plant was recently expanded with a State of California, Department of Water Resources, grant. Newark is NOT entitled to any Hetch Hetchy water from The SFPUC. Newark residents and business owners are being charged, over $150 million dollars in increased rates over the next 30 years for improvements that have zero benefit for Newark. There are no water storage resevoirs in Newark. Part of the Alameda County Water District rate increases will be used for filling newly added employee positions, paying for existing employee pay raises, increased retirement costs and other personnel/non infrastructure costs. The water District needs to cut approximately half of its' staff from its' payroll, reduce too generous pay and retirement packages, increase employee benefit cost sharing and institute employee furloughs. Additionally, ACWD needs to merge with Union Sanitary District, which also increases its rates annually. These districts are legally non profit public service providers, but function as employee benefit entitlement corporations. Please do some research and share your anger on January 10, 2013.

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